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Pawelek Named Academic All-District

LB Joe Pawelek is one of four sophomores on the 24-member ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI First Team.

LB Joe Pawelek is one of four sophomores on the 24-member ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI First Team.

Nov. 8, 2007

WACO, Texas -- Baylor sophomore linebacker Joe Pawelek was named first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday. Pawelek, a product of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas, earned academic all-district in his first season of eligibility. He is now eligible for Academic All-America honors; that team is announced in late December.

 


 

 

This is the fifth consecutive season in which Baylor has produced an academic all-district honoree and the fourth time in the last five years that the Bears have produced a first-team selection. Daniel Sepulveda was a second-team selection as a sophomore in 2004 and earned first-team honors during his junior (2005) and senior (2006) seasons. In 2003, John Martin was a first-team pick, while Stephen Sepulveda was named second team.

 

A 2006 Freshman All-American, Pawelek is second on Baylor's squad with 91 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss this season. He also has 2.0 sacks, one interception, two pass breakups, three fumbles forced and two fumbles recovered. Pawelek ranks sixth in the Big 12 Conference and tied for 56th nationally with 9.1 tackles per game.

 

Pawelek was one of only four sophomores on the 24-member team; he joined Jordan Peterson (Texas A&M), James Truxillo (Louisiana-Lafayette) and Andrew Sendejo (Rice), all of whom are defensive players.

 

Baylor returns to action Saturday, traveling to Norman, Okla., for a 5:30 p.m. CST game against No. 4 Oklahoma at Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on FSN.

 

 

2007 CoSIDA / ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT VI FIRST TEAM

 

Pos.        Student-Athlete                   School                           Class                             Major

QB          Paul Smith                            Tulsa                              Senior                            Communication

WR          Grant Walker                        Texas Tech                   Senior                            Business Management

WR          Zack Sledge                         SMU                               Senior                            Finance

TE           Nick Cleaver                         New Mexico State       Senior                            Marketing

RB           Bio Bilaye-Benibo               Rice                                Senior                            Political Science

RB           Jake Ebner                           Houston                         Junior                             Finance / Marketing

OL           Dallas Griffin                        Texas                             Graduate                       Business / Finance

OL           Vince Natali                          New Mexico                  Graduate                       Business Administration

OL           Cody Wallace                       Texas A&M                   Senior                            Kinesiology

OL           Mitch Enright                        SMU                               Junior                             Marketing

OL           David Ballard                       McNeese State            Junior                             General Studies

 

DL           Nick Clark                             Texas State                   Senior                            Mathematics

DL           Derek Lokey                         Texas                             Senior                            Sport Management

DL           Brian Flagg                           Arkansas State             Junior                             Engineering

DL           Wes Day                                Louisiana Tech            Junior                             Biology

LB           Cody Kase                            New Mexico                  Senior                            Business Administration

LB           Joe Pawelek                        Baylor                            Sophomore                  Finance

LB           Nelson Coleman                 Tulsa                              Graduate                       Management

DB          Brant Linde                           McNeese State            Junior                             Accounting

DB          Jordan Peterson                  Texas A&M                   Sophomore                  Sport Management

DB          James Truxillo                     Louisiana-Lafayette    Sophomore                  Criminal Justice

DB          Andrew Sendejo                  Rice                                Sophomore                  Kinesiology

 

PK           Ryan Bailey                          Texas                             Junior                             Advertising

P             Thomas Morstead               SMU                               Senior                            Mechanical Engineering

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